INVITED / KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Arie Perry, M.D
Arie Perry is a Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, where he serves as the Director of the Neuropathology Division and the Neuropathology Fellowship program. He received his MD and residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by fellowships in surgical pathology, neuropathology, and molecular cytogenetics research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he worked closely with his mentor, the late Dr. Bernd Scheithauer. His interests have focused mostly on classification, grading, and molecular characterization of both adult and pediatric brain tumors. He has authored over 460 publications and participated as a senior advisor/editor in the WHO 2016 brain tumor classification update. He has also served as the chief editor for Brain Pathology (official journal for the International Society of Neuropathology), the Practical Surgical Neuropathology textbook (2010 and 2018 editions), and the 9th edition of Greenfield’s Neuropathology (2015). Dr. Perry maintains an active surgical neuropathology consult service and is a frequently invited lecturer. In addition, he enjoys creative modes of teaching making use of his longstanding passion for music. In this respect, he has been featured in several media stories for using "neuropathology songs" in education, including a CD recording of 16 medical ballads and a recent YouTube male a cappella rendition of ‘Brain Tumor Rhapsody’ set to Bohemian Rhapsody.
Dr Rajiv Patel
Dr. Patel is Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from Flinders University School of Medicine in Adelaide, Australia and completed his residency training in pathology at Cleveland Clinic, where he served as Anatomic Pathology Chief Resident. Dr. Patel completed fellowships in surgical pathology and soft tissue pathology, at Emory University and dermatopathology at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology and is the Director of the Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Patel is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and an Editorial Board Member for The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Human Pathology, The American Journal of Dermatopathology and Pathology Journal of the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists. He has authored or coauthored over 80-peer-reviewed publications and has lectured and directed courses nationally and internationally for many organizations on soft tissue pathology and dermatopathology, including the American Society of Dermatopathology, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Society of Dermatopathology, as well as others. He serves on numerous committees including those of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologist and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology, serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology and is a contributing author for the new 4th edition of the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Skin.
Ian Olver AM
Ian Olver is a medical oncologist, bioethicist and researcher. He is currently Professor of Translational Cancer Research, and Director, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute where he heads a psycho-oncology research team. He is immediate past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and Chaired the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC for the past 6 years. He has published over 300 journal papers, 22 book chapters 4 books and edited 4 books. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2014 the Gold Medal of Cancer Council Australia for distinguished service in cancer. He was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 “For service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.”
Dr Lauren Thurgood
Lauren completed her PhD in 2011 at Flinders University in the area of kidney disease and carried out her postdoctoral studies in B-cell autoimmunity. Her interest in B-cell biology and skills and knowledge of proteomic techniques saw her take up a position in haematology, where she began to unravel the proteome of leukaemia cells. She also developed a strong interest in the role of secreted proteins in tumour microenvironment and how these can promote survival of lymphocytes from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). More recently, her work has focused on cancer cell metabolism and understanding the fuel requirements that promote proliferation of CLL cells within the lymph nodes and bone marrow, with the view to disrupting these pathways with new therapies. She has extensive experience in identification of proteins from archived tissue samples.
She was recently awarded a 3-year early career researcher fellowship by Cancer Council SA (Beat Cancer Scheme) to continue carrying out her work investigating cancer cell bioenergetics. She currently works in Molecular Medicine and Pathology and is part of the CLL Research Team, headed by Associate Professor Bryone Kuss.
— Bronwyn Christiansen, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria
— Dr Catriona Brennan, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
— Clare Loudon, Children’s Medical Research Centre, Westmead, New South Wales
— Jacqui Simmonds, NSW Health Pathology, Lismore, New South Wales
— Jean Mitchell BS, HT (ASCP), National Society for Histotechnology, Wisconsin, USA
— Associate Professor Jeffrey Barbara, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
— Julia Pagliuso, Anatomical Pathology and Cytopathology, RCPAQAP, New South Wales
— Associate Professor Lynette Moore, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, South Australia
— Michael Bushe-Jones, Path West, Perth, Western Australia
— Neeta Lal, Anatomical Pathology, RCPAQAP, New South Wales
— Rachel Tan, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
— Shanna Kerin, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
— Sharin Prakash, SA Pathology, Adelaide, South Australia
— Dr Sui Yu, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
— Zenobia Haffajee, Anatomical Pathology, RCPAQAP, New South Wales